Under the shade tree

Last updated: October 30. 2013 11:07AM - 662 Views
Paula Jacopec Garland Senior Center



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I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this crazy weather. It seems it doesn’t know if it wants to be cold or warm—I guess it’s teasing us and keeping us on our toes. Either way make sure you take time to enjoy whatever each day brings.


The seniors are excited about the upcoming holiday season. Boy 2013 has really flown by and 2014 will soon be here. The seniors are planning a trip to Washington, DC in the spring of 2014 and are coming up with ways to raise money to help with the trip. The community is welcome to come and enjoy the 3-day and 4 night trip — the more the merrier. Friends of the seniors are planning fundraisers that they hope everyone will enjoy being a part of. One fundraiser is the senior handmade quilt. Raffle tickets will be available Nov. 15th for $2 each. They are also going to have an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Nov. 16. Look for flyers around town and more announcements in the paper for more details. If you want to know what else is going on at the center, please call 529-3931 for more info.


Dates to remember:


Ms. Linda will be collecting non-perishable food for the needy in the community. If you would be interested in donating please drop it off at the center or call for more details.


Nov. 7th at 10 a.m., Eve Black will be here from Black and Associates having a health forum.


Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.Sampson Community College Nursing Students will be at the center performing vital checks.


Nov. 16 will be the Pancake Breakfast, $5 a person


Nov. 22 will be the Shuttle Shopping Trip to Clinton — only cost $1 to ride the van.


Nov. 26 will be the Thanksgiving Dinner, $5 a person


Nov. 28-29, the Senior Center will be closed for Thanksgiving


With the holiday season approaching there are many people who will be worried about how they are going to provide for their families — physically and spiritually. Depression and worries weigh heavily on peoples minds this time of year. And sometimes it takes more than just wanting to get out of the mindset of doom and gloom to actually pull out of it. Sometimes having the support of others around can mean successfully overcoming for some people. Some think that it is the person’s responsibility to ask to for help, but that is not always an easy task to do. We know the people we are around — we know how they act and interact with others when it’s not a holiday season. If you see someone who is not “being themselves” take time to lend an ear to listen or lend a helping hand. You may have to play “detective” and come up with inventive ways of helping without seeming intrusive but if you really care about your fellow man, I am sure you can find a way.


“ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:35-40


Help others hold onto their faith in humanity and God. Extend your hearts and hands to others—not because you expect a reward later but because your heart and mind know it’s the right thing to pursue.


I hope everyone has a great week. This week take time to reflect on how you can help others while “sitting under the shade tree”.

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